Spain is well known for enjoying its holidays and Andalucia is no exception. In 2023, Andalucians will take thirteen public holidays, six of which allow for a long weekend break
National and Public Holidays in Andalucia
People in Andalucia will enjoy 14 public holidays in 2023, 8 of which are national holidays. Four of those eight fall on a Monday or a Friday allowing workers to take three-day weekend breaks. Two others fall on a Tuesday or Thursday so that by taking one day’s leave, workers can have a four-day break.
You will often hear the expression, ‘taking a puente’, literally, ‘taking a bridge’. The term refers to the Spanish habit of taking an extra day’s holiday if a national or public holiday falls on a Tuesday or Thursday thus creating a four day long weekend. Individuals can take advantage of puentes by taking one days leave. More confusingly, each city, town and village and, in some cases, individual businesses, can also choose whether to extend a national, regional or public holiday by allowing puentes. On those occasions, some businesses, banks, shops and so on, will be open, others will be closed.
These are the statutory holidays applicable throughout Spain.
Friday April 7th: Good Friday (Viernes Santo)
Monday May 1st: May Day (Día del Trabajo)
Tuesday August 15th: Assumption of Mary (Asunción de la Virgen)
Thursday October 12th: Spain’s National Day (Día Nacional)
Wednesday November 1st: All Saints Day (Día de Todos los Santos)
Wednesday December 6th: Constitution Day (Día de la Constitución)
Friday December 8th: Immaculate Conception (Inmaculada Concepción)
Monday December 25th: Christmas Day (Navidad)
Some public holidays apply in Andalucia and not in other regions.
Sunday 1st January (New Year’s Day)
Monday 2nd January (Because New Year’s Day falls on a Sunday)
Friday 6th January (Three Kings)
Tuesday 28th February (Andalucia Day)
Thursday 6th April (Maundy Thursday)
Every city, town and village also has its own programme of religious festivals, fiestas and ferias, many of which are highlighted in our Holidays, carnivals, fiestas, festivals and ferias in Andalucia section.